Author: Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.
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Derek Chauvin’s Charges, Explained

The news that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated the charge against Derek Chauvin to second degree murder for the death of George Floyd brought mixed reactions. For some it was satisfactory; for others...

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Wednesday Writs: In Utero Edition

In other words, absent a will, would the person be eligible to inherit from the deceased’s estate the same as a duly recognized child?

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Wednesday Writs 4/22: Ramos v. Louisiana

This week, the Court delivered its decision in Ramos v. Louisiana, in what must be among the most fractured opinions in SCOTUS history. Let me try to break that down:

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Wednesday Writs: Mandatory Vaccination Edition

L1: We recently discussed, in this space, the quarantine power of the state, hearkening back to the very early 1900s and the southern scourge of Yellow Fever. Today, while some fervently hope for the...

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Q is for Quarantine

I don’t know about you, but I feel better knowing what is really going on.

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Big Jim vs The Corona

When West Virginia’s governor “Big Jim” Justice speaks, the residents hold our breath to see what sort of colorful (read: embarrassing) babble will come out

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In Which Em Goes Into Hiding

In general, things are not so bad. Yet. In the back of my mind there is a niggling feeling of impending large-scale disaster that will lead to unmanageable anxiety if I allow it to.

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Wednesday Writs: Quarantine Edition

Reeled with economic struggles after each outbreak, with businesses closing, unemployment up, services reduced and overwhelmed. In an effort to contain the disease, quarantines were declared in various localities…

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Liz Warren Drops Out

Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination comes to an end after a disappointing Super Tuesday.